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- SynopsisInTulip Fever, acclaimed author Deborah Moggach has created that rarest of novels--a literary tour de force that is also brilliantly, compulsively readable. Not since Patrick Suskind'sPerfumehas a work of fiction so vividly evoked a time, a place, and a passion. In 1630s Amsterdam, tulip fever has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy. Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist. As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household's inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception--and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax. In this richly imagined international bestseller, Deborah Moggach deftly brings to life a world of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception--and tulips. Young, beautiful, and poor, Sophia wed Cornelis Sandvoort more to save her family than herself. Wealthy from the shipping trade, Cornelis sought a new young wife to give himself the joy, and heir, that not even his considerable fortune could buy. Chosen by Cornelis to immortalize his achievements and marriage on canvas, the young, talented Jan Van Loos begins to paint. While the artist captures Sophia's likeness, a slow passion begins to burn between them. As the execution of the painting unfolds, ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception, and as the lies multiply, events move towards a thrilling and tragic climax. -->
- AuthorDeborah Moggach
- Number Of Pages288 pages
- Publication Date2000-04-11
- PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
- Publication Year2000
- Copyright Date2000
- Weight14.4 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width5 In.
- Length8.2 In.
- LC Classification NumberPR6063.O44T85 2000
- Dewey Decimal823.914
- Dewey Edition21
- Reviews"Beautifully written, a verbal kaleidoscope that flicks rapidly through vivid sensual experience." --The Independent on Sunday "Spirited and ingenious...Clever, spry, and sad in equal measure." --The Telegraph "Moggach reproduces the coded language of 17th-century Dutch art with subtle artfulness. At the same time, she tells a truly thrilling love story." --The Financial Times "Moggach's writing is as vivid as a splash of Vermeer's lemon yellow." --The Times "A gorgeous novel: both funny and tragic, full of sharply drawn characters and equally sharp insight into the transforming power of love--which can be as destructive as it is addictive." --The Mail
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